Equity is in our DNA

Since 1965, it has been the value that sets us apart from others and today it is the value that underpins our success.

We are proud that one in two of our undergraduate students are the first in their family to undertake tertiary education. We are proud to help our female staff balance career and caring by being an accredited breastfeeding-friendly workplace. We are proud to have graduated one quarter of Australia’s Indigenous doctors. We are proud that each year, students from more than 100 countries study with our University.

And it is through our Looking Ahead Strategic Plan 2020-2025 that we continue to be a leading advocate and driving force for access to higher education, regardless of background or circumstance.

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We are committed to widening participation, promoting diversity and fairness, overcoming injustice and increased success for all.

What sets us apart

113 countries ? represented in our student body
1st in sector ? for number of Aboriginal and Torres Islander students
1st in NSW ? for social equity
5-star ? maximum rating for social equity

Our focus

We are committed to widening participation, promoting diversity and fairness, overcoming injustice and increased success for all.

This commitment is fundamental to how we teach and research, how we work with industry partners and local communities, and how we engage with our staff and students.

Our focus areas include:

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News

BMG and University of Newcastle to launch Australian-first Indigenous scholarship program to inspire a new generation of music executives

BMG and University of Newcastle to launch Australian-first Indigenous scholarship program to inspire a new generation of music executives

Global music company BMG has expanded on its successful partnership with the University of Newcastle’s School of Creative Industries in the Faculty of Education and Arts to launch its first round of Indigenous scholarships, creating more pathways to employment for the next generation of students.

EVENT: Newcastle turns orange to challenge violence against women

EVENT: Newcastle turns orange to challenge violence against women

Civic Park and the University of Newcastle’s NUspace building will light up orange on 25 November as Novocastrians join the international community to confront violence against women in our communities.

New scholarship aims to remove barriers facing Indigenous researchers

New scholarship aims to remove barriers facing Indigenous researchers

To help address some of the barriers facing Indigenous researchers, the University of Newcastle has launched a new scholarship for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander PhD candidates.

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The values of NAIDOC shouldn’t be confined to one week only

The values of NAIDOC shouldn’t be confined to one week only

By Associate Professor Kathleen Butler, a proud Bundjalung and Worimi woman and Head of the Wollotuka Institute of Indigenous Research and Education at the University of Newcastle.

Rainbow pedestrian crossing signifies University’s commitment to diversity

Rainbow pedestrian crossing signifies University’s commitment to diversity

The University of Newcastle believes in a “show don’t tell” principle in our commitments to community and equity. That’s why, as part of the University of Newcastle’s Pride Week 2020, a permanent rainbow-coloured pedestrian crossing will today be unveiled on the Callaghan campus in front of the Chan

University of Newcastle signs Joint Statement on gender and COVID-19

University of Newcastle signs Joint Statement on gender and COVID-19

Without conscious action to address the gendered impacts of COVID-19, the pandemic threatens to derail the tertiary education sector’s decades-long effort to advance gender equity, a Joint Sector Position Statement warns.

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Key dates

13 Feb
National Apology Anniversary
08 Mar
International Women's Day
18 Mar
Close the Gap Day
21 Mar
Harmony Day
02 Apr
World Autism Day
22 May
National Sorry Day
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27 May
Reconciliation Week
01 Jun
Pride Month
10 Jun
Flexible Working Day
05 Jul
NAIDOC Week
09 Aug
International Day of World's Indigenous Peoples
28 Aug
Equal Pay Day